Aaron Maté and Richard Sakwa on Putin Recognizing Donbas

From The Grayzone:

Pushback with Aaron Maté

After weeks of US claims that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was imminent, Vladimir Putin instead recognized the breakaway republics of Luhansk and Donetsk. The decision has triggered a new round of US-led sanctions while bringing attention to rebel-held areas, where, according to UN figures on the Donbas war, 80% of civilian casualties have occurred since 2018.

Professor Richard Sakwa analyzes the factors behind Putin’s move, and its likely consequences. Putin’s decision, he says, comes after Kiev refused to implement the 2015 Minsk accords, which could have ended the conflict, and a longstanding US-driven project to expand NATO to Russia’s borders.

Guest: Richard Sakwa. Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His books include Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands and his latest, Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War.

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4 thoughts on “Aaron Maté and Richard Sakwa on Putin Recognizing Donbas”

  1. Ukraine discriminates against the Russian speakers so the Russian speaking regions need to be part of Russia and not Ukraine.

  2. Ah beat your chest

    as you cross the line


    you stupid old fool

    this is for keeps

    for if you send the troops

    you will find

    a war that you’ve never dreamed

    it’ll be the end of everything

    No more $ from selling guns and bombs

    no more hunter

    on a phony board

    you fools

    you’ve been the bully

    for so long

    now you prod a bear

    that is not backing down

    what do you do?

    More threats?

    You have no idea

    how this will play out

    your jingo game of Risk

    is the gonna be

    the end of everything

    you idiots….
    not a whimper

    but a big-ass bang bang

  3. how many times can somone step over your line with guns pointed at you? Putin said it over and over again about security but the west in arrogance ignored it like they have for 25 years. Chickens come home to roost and you reap what you sow brandon. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c8de4239b191f9f81d8030b87af8151200f5c5ea9ae33b0b4ca4a3f880fec3c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8a950d2e667c2c4f6b9dc041404926a62ae10f38a868d0ac53d5ca8b1a57af2b.jpg

  4. Let us please also remember the horrific subjugation, extermination, and dispossession of the totally innocent, totally unprotected Palestinian Nation of Peoples.

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